I have to be brutally honest here: Todd Phillips has been my favorite director since high school. His first big budget comedy, Road Trip, is college cinematic masterpiece. I still giggle at “Unleash the fury!” when I catch it for the hundredth time on Showtime at 2AM. Old School belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Bro comedy movies. And look — The Hangover trilogy grossed over $643 million, making it one of the biggest R-rated movie franchises of all time. Plus the documentary he did about Phish, Bittersweet Motel, remains one of my favorite playful music docs of all time, as goofy and raw as it is.
When I heard that Todd Phillips was making another high budget comedy a year or two ago, I got pretty giddy. It’s called War Dogs and it stars Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and Bradley Cooper as gun running private contractors. Chris wrote a great summary of the movie when the first trailer came out a few months ago. Here’s the official summary from Warner Brothers:
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
The second trailer just came out and it gets me even more hyped. I still am laughing at this Johan Hill line from the first trailer.